Learn how you can provide support to adults with mental health problems.
Blended Online MHFA Community Course
Introducing the Blended Online Mental Health First Aid Community Course
Jenny did a great job, great knowledge base, engaging manner
Increased my awareness greatly
Highly helpful & informative. Offered usable techniques
Definitely something all managers should undertake
Great practical content
This is an education course to learn how to give Mental Health First Aid to others. You will learn:
- the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults,
- how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help,
- what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective; and,
- how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Our instructor-led sessions are currently programmed for:
Session 1 – 4 February 2021
Session 2 –11 February 2021
Session 1 – 10 March 2021
Session 2 – 17 March 2021
Session 1 – 8 April 2021
Session 2 – 15 April 2021
Session 1 – 19 May 2021
Session 2 – 26 May 2021
Session 1 – 10 June 2021
Session 2 – 17 June 2021
On registration, you will be automatically enrolled in the next instructor-led training session (course numbers permitting).
The current cost of the Blended Online MHFA Community Course is $265.00 (incl GST).
The cost is all inclusive and includes both the eLearning and instructor-led components and training materials.
An invoice for the cost of the all inclusive payment will be forwarded once your registration has been received.
These evidenced based courses will be conducted in two key blocks:
Block 1 – a self paced eLearning component which takes between 5-7 hours to complete; and,
Block 2 – an instructor lead component using video conferencing comprising 2 x 2.5 hour sessions
Both components of the course must be completed to be eligible for accreditation. After completing both blocks of training, you will be invited to complete the Mental Health First Aider exam for accreditation.
Yes, once both blocks are completed, you will be issued with a Statement of Completion. You will also be invited to complete the exam for accreditation.
Yes – there will be at least two different versions of the blended courses available from People Smartz. These include a Community based course and a Workplace based course. We will provide more detail about these courses over the coming weeks.
Course requirements are required to be Australian Residents and over the age of 18.
People Smartz will utilise the ZOOM Video Conferencing Package to deliver the courses to participants.
The eLearning Component of the course is self-paced and may be conducted at any time suitable to the participant. However, the eLearning component must be completed prior to undertaking the Instructor-Led Training Component.
The eLearning component will be available to participants 2 weeks prior to the instructor-led training.
On receipt of your registration and payment, we will forward to you information to commence the eLearning component of the course.
- Except in exceptional circumstances, once you have enrolled for e-learning, our online courses are non refundable.
- If you are unable to attend your scheduled course, we will work with you to reschedule you to a future course.
- In the event that we accept that your circumstances are exceptional:
- If you have completed e-learning enrolment, we will refund you 50% of your course fee providing it is more than 21 days before your first instructor led lesson and you have not completed the e-learning component of the course.
- If you have completed the e-learning enrolment, we will refund 25% of your course fee providing it is between 7 and 20 days before your first instructor led session and you have not completed the e-learning component of the course.
- No refund is payable within 7 days of your first instructor led session
Meet Jennifer Blaikie
Accredited Course Instructor
Jenny has had an incredible life, growing up in various remote communities of Papua New Guinea, travelling extensively and living in numerous countries amongst communities of different social, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Through her experience and background, she has developed a strong sense of compassion, tolerance, empathy and respect.
Jenny is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in intensive care, Community Health, Defence Health and Education. Her clinical experience has seen her working within communities where mental health was a significant player. It has always been something that has been foremost in her mind.
Having always gravitated towards opportunities that would allow her to help others, Jenny is currently volunteering as a Service Manager for Orange Sky Australia. This young, vibrant and innovative not for profit organisation offers free showers, laundry and conversation to those of our community experiencing homelessness. Jenny’s role at Orange Sky Australia sees her managing volunteers to run its ever-expanding laundry services across Brisbane.
She has always been an educator and trainer, from working with Indigenous nursing students on Thursday Island to training and mentoring volunteers at Orange Sky Australia – each of her roles has had an aspect of developing others.
While working with Orange Sky Australia, she was introduced to the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, and very quickly decided this was something where she could use her background and experience to help others.